"Lick and Lather," detail (1993)

"Lick and Lather," detail, 1993
7 soap and 7 chocolate self-portrait busts, 24 x 16 x 13 inches each
Collection of Jeffrey Deitch, New York
Photo by John Bessler
Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine

"I wanted to work with the tradition of self-portraiture but also with the classical bust...I had the idea that I would make a replica of myself in chocolate and in soap, and I would feed myself with my self, and wash myself with my self. Both the licking and the bathing are quite gentle and loving acts, but what’s interesting is that I’m slowly erasing myself through the process. So for me it’s about that conflict, that love/hate relationship we have with our physical appearance, and the problem I have with looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘Is that who I am?’"
—Janine Antoni

READ: Janine Antoni: "Lick and Lather"